Exhibit: 'Seeking the Sacred on the Farm'
February 9—March 10, 2017, Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
February 13—March 7, 2017, Mon/Tue 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
Augusta Savage Gallery
UMass Amherst Campus
Ricky Baruc walks in two worlds as an artist and farmer. He says, “In the forest I cut cedar trees by hand and then mill them into boards. In the fields I grow ancient heirloom corn, wheat, sage and tobacco and use these to inlay sacred symbols on meditation benches, altars and furniture. I work with the natural curves that the forest creates to make furniture and art.”
He grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. Then, while sitting in a business class (on his mother’s recommendation) during his second year of college studying marine biology, he had an epiphany that he did not know how to work with his hands. After dropping out soon after, he spent the next 30 years of his life working with his hands as a carpenter, woodworker, and farmer.
Deb Habib, born in New York City to a Turkish and a Russian Jew, found her way to home in rural Orange by way of a journey inspired by travels in the U.S. India, Cuba and the Middle East. She studied environmental design (CU Boulder), received a master's degree from Antioch New England, and a doctorate in cultural diversity and curriculum reform from UMass Amherst. In her words, “I resonate with clay, and this has been part of my expression and a place of centering since I was a young child. Cooking is an important artistic expression, and serving food in pottery that I make unites two favorite mediums.”
Levi Baruch, 17 years old, has been encouraged by his parents to find his own passions and pursue them. Currently looking forward to his evolution as an artist he says, “I hand draw my mandala designs with pen and ink. It is my hope that you find a piece that resonates with you, and that you can share that beauty with someone you love.”
The Augusta Savage Gallery is located in New Africa House. Click here for directions.